Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz
Rating: * * * *
Somewhere between James Bond and The Hunger Games
Thrown headlong into the world of MI6 and covert intelligence, 14 year old Alex’s mission is to investigate a philanthropist who seems too good to be true. Complete with gadgets and super-secret communication channels, Alex’s adventure speeds along with just the right mix of details, background, and hyperbole to make it enjoyable for its target audience, teenagers, as well as adults.
Being generally behind the times on movies, I have just learned a movie was released in 2006 based on this book. After checking out a trailer for the movie, I can say with confidence that the movie is vastly different from the book.
Codename Wolf by Gil Hogg
Rating: * * *
Roger Conway joins the British secret service on a lark, then, still a novice, finds himself thrown into a high-stakes operation including a new Cuban missile crisis, assassination attempts, and a clandestine group of operatives known as The Disciples.
Roger’s route to the secret intelligence service is entertaining: dishonest, but ingenious, with a bit of luck thrown in. The book is well written, moving along quickly and with plenty of red herrings and conspiracy theories. Yarham, Roger’s right-hand man, is the most interesting and only likeable character in the book: intelligent, quick-witted, content without being stodgy. Roger is tiresome. Four stars for the idea and the writing style. Two stars for the story.
Through NetGalley, I received a copy of this book from the publisher.